What Happened on May 3

Significant Events

  • 1791 The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1851 Most of San Francisco destroyed by fire; 30 die
  • 1926 British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners
  • 1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
  • 1945 WWII: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life
  • 1947 New post-war Japanese constitution goes into effect.
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Did You Know?

First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast

On May 3, 1978

Famous Weddings

  • 1884 Mechanical engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor (28) weds Louise M. Spooner
  • 1986 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt
  • 1991 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass
  • 1992 Beverly Hills 90210 Gabrielle Carteris marries Charles Isaacs
  • 1997 "Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California
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